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U21. Oleksandriia vs Shakhtar: match report

Friday, August 11, 2017



In the Ukrainian U21 league round 5, Shakhtar set off for the match against Oleksandriia away

Shakhtar top the youth league table with 10 points. Valeriy Kryventsov’ team claimed three wins in a row before playing a draw with Mariupol in the last round. That Orange-and-Blacks finished off the clash with nine men after Valerii Bondar and Danylo Ihnatenko had been sent off. The places of disqualified players were taken by the newcomer Serhii Chobotenko and Volodymyr Yakimets, respectively. Yevhen Hrytsenko returned in the Donetsk side’s goal, with Denys Arendaruk and Giorgi Arabidze also emerging in the starting line-up.

Oleksandriia also enjoy an unbeaten streak (8 points) and come third. A week earlier, Andrii Kuptsov's guys thrashed Chornomorets away (4-0). For the match against the Miners, the hosts strengthened themselves with several regular players from the first team.

First half

The early stages of the match saw the opponents operating at a low pace and carrying on a positional struggle, groping for the game in midfield and not disturbing the goalkeepers. However, the first shot on target turned out to be a scoring one. In the 18th minute, Oleksandriia counterattack rounded off with a long-ranger from Vitenchuk who found the net. The goal inspired the townspeople so much that they pressed forward based on emotions to create a couple of nice efforts, but failed to build on the progress. In the middle of the half, the referee made a pause required in the hot weather, which proved very useful for the Miners: they calmed down, concentrated and regained control, settling down at the other end. However, they did not manage to approach the opponents’ goal at a strike distance. A 33-minute challenge in the midfield turned into a fight: the captain of the host squad Havrushko vented anger on Topalov, kicking the lying player, but Ihor Paskhal did not react to the episode, but gave the marching orders, for some reason, to pleading for his team-mate Oleksandr Masalov and Oleksandriia player Myhailo Kozak instead. All the remaining time before the break, the Donetsk side besieged Levanidov's penalty area, but it came to nothing.
Dmytro Topalov, Shakhtar U21 midfielder: - We made a poor start, missed a goal, which resulted in some nervousness. Oleksandriia certainly produced a rather compact performance, but we also tolerated too many failures. Therefore, we managed to create next to nothing at the other end. We realized that that we had to change the situation. In the second half we tried hard, we picked up the pace, with more free zones appearing immediately
Second half 

For the second half, Shakhtar's players came out extremely motivated, as they picked up the pace immediately, put on speed and began to create an effort after effort. Sahutkin muscled his way through his man to blaze his header over the bar. Hluschuk fell just short of tapping in a cross from Topalov. Arabidze fired his slashing kick into the crossbar from the set piece. Pikhalionok tested Levanidov from around 22 meters. The pressure of the Orange-and-Black brought success on 74 minutes. Dmytro Topalov got inside the penalty area from the left to connect with a cross from Yurii Hluschuk, who was standing with his back to the goal, but managed to divert the ball inside the net to make it 1-1. Within the closing fifteen minutes, the Donetsk side held the advantage and built up pressure inside the rivals’ penalty area, as the yellow-and-black launched sharp forays forward: Yevhen Hrytsenko was forced to make a save after the opponents went one on one with him a couple of times. Shakhtar rushed forward with the entire team for a late-game rally, but Oleksandriia survived to keep the scores at 1-1 and claim a draw. 

In the next round on August 18, the Miners will take on Olimpik home.

Serhii Chobotenko, Shakhtar U21 defender: - The team lost a lot of challenges in the first half, with us being worse on rebounds. In the second half, we managed to prove ourselves in the right, we just did not manage to put the squeeze on the opponents. As for my adaptation, I only train for a week and, probably, I cannot yet say that I already feel my teammates 100%. I hope, with each new match I will progress
Valeriy Kryventsov, Shakhtar U21 head coach: - The opponents played very competently, compactly, with the Oleksandriia outfit demonstrating a rough game at the same time, often violating the rules, not allowing us to display our best qualities. In the first half, we conceded an unnecessary goal, but the guys found the strength and levelled the scoreline. We had a few clear-cut opportunities, but, unfortunately, failed to net a winner

Oleksandriia U21 Oleksandriia 1-1 (1-0) Shakhtar U21 Donetsk
Goals1-0 Vitenchuk (18), 1-1 Hluschuk (74) 

Shakhtar: Hrytsenko, Konoplya (Hrachov, 75), Chobotenko, Sahutkin, Masalov, Yakimets (Hlahola, 78), Arendaruk (Putrya, 90+4), Pikhalyonok (c), Hluschuk (Khachaev, 85), Arabidze (Yalovenko, 65), Topalov
Head coach: Valeriy Kryventsov